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Sharing world leadership? : a new era for America & Japan
Makin, John H.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, [1989]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 274 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1520 Lexile.
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This tough-minded and provocative study sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute addresses the issues of US-Japan economic interdependence and defense sharing. The contributors, American and Japanese scholars, bring together the perspectives of economics, political science, and defense analysis. The studies in general focus upon the economic performance of each country and its relation to defense spending. America's economic decline and the huge defense burden it carries is compared to Japan's economic success as a "global economic superpower" with only minimal responsibility for defense or security. The writers advocate a restructuring of the bilateral alliance establishing a new relationship of equal partners rather than of patron and protege. This, it is reasoned, will bring about a sharing of the burdens of defense as well as of economic and even, perhaps, political leadership. Notes; tables; list of contributors. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers. -C. C. Brett, emeritus, Monmouth College (IL)

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Contributorsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Notesp. xxiii
Part 1 America and Japan in the Postwar Erap. 1
1 American Economic and Military Leadership in the Postwar Periodp. 3
Notesp. 40
2 The Burden of Japanese History and the Politics of Burden Sharingp. 41
Notesp. 75
Part 2 Defense Spending and Economic Performancep. 79
3 National Defense and Foreign Trade: the Sweet and Sour Relationship Between the United States and Japanp. 81
Notesp. 122
4 The Relationship Between Defense Spending and Economic Performance in Japanp. 127
Notesp. 147
Part 3 Toward a New Symmetry: New Roles for the United States and Japanp. 151
5 A New Stage of the United States -- Japan Alliancep. 153
Notesp. 174
6 Japan's Role in the International Systemp. 175
Notesp. 202
7 Shedding History's Inertia: the U.S.-Japanese Alliance in a Changed Worldp. 203
Notesp. 234
8 The Imperatives for Reciprocity and Symmetry in U.S.-Japanese Economic and Defense Relationsp. 237
Notesp. 264
Indexp. 267